If you've never heard of the pink squirrel cocktail, then you've been missing out. This pink drink tastes like dessert in a glass as it is full of chocolate and nutty flavors but is a perfect pink sweet treat. Perfect for the holidays or for Valentine's Day or for dessert.
An Updated Classic
The original recipe calls for a liqueur that the vast majority of us would likely not have in our liquor cabinets: Creme de Noyaux. If you are scratching your head on this one, then don't feel bad (and don't hit the back button on your browser just yet).
Crème de Noyaux is an almond-flavored liquor that has a pink coloring to it giving this cocktail part of its name. Being that it is on the nutty side will explain the animal reference also.
However, the easiest way about getting both the flavor and color right is by swapping out the Creme de Noyaux for Amaretto and a splash of grenadine.
So now we can consider this one of the cocktail recipes that are perfect as a dessert cocktail, it's sweet, nutty, and creamy. It's all flavor but doesn't pack much of a punch because dessert cocktails should be enjoyed for flavor.
While I've strayed from the original ingredient list, here is a classic cocktail that should be added to your repertoire.
History of the Pink Squirrel Cocktail
Unlike some cocktails, the Pink Squirrel's history can be traced to Bryant Sharp of Bryant's Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee.
Variations of this Cocktail
Since this drink is meant to be a dessert cocktail it can be made richer and creamier than the recipe below. The following ideas can be used to modify the recipe further by:
- Make this creamier by using heavy cream in place of half and half
- Make this a milkshake by mixing this with vanilla ice cream
Watch Me Make This (41 Seconds)
Tips for Making This
Here are my best tips for making this cocktail:
- Always use good quality ice
- Creme de Noyaux is traditional to the original recipe, but since you might not have a bottle of that laying around, I've used amaretto and grenadine instead.
- Don't shake the half and half too much as the shaker only needs to be gently swirled in order to combine.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: In a cocktail shaker, add amaretto, grenadine, and crème de cacao. Shake until cold.
Step 2: Add half and half and swirl the glass to combine.
Step 3: Gently shake the tin to combine
Step 4: Pour into a martini glass
Step 5: Garnish and enjoy responsibly!
Other Dessert Cocktails You Might Enjoy
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- 2 ounces Amaretto
- 1 splash Grenadine
- 1 ounce Creme de Cacao (White)
- 1 ounce half and half
- In a cocktail shaker with ice add Amaretto, Grenadine, and clear Creme de Cacao
- Shake until frosted
- Add half and half, but swirl to combine.
- Pour into cocktail glass and enjoy responsibly.
Shanika @ Orchids + Sweet Tea says
This drink looks so creamy and delicious! I really love how easy it is to make and the different variations that are available!
Hey Shanika! Thanks so much. It's very creamy and delicious!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
I am so loving the chocolate flavors in this! What a wonderful cocktail!
Thanks Demeter! It's a great pairing of almond and chocolate flavors!
I haven't heard of it before but I am SO glad that I have stumbled upon it on your blog. Definitely the cocktail to try - it looks amazing!
Thanks so much Danielle!
Helen @ family-friends-food.com says
This sounds lovely - it would be great as a dessert.
Hey Helen! It really is a great dessert drink!
Heidy L. McCallum says
After the day I had yesterday, this would have been perfect to enjoy on my patio by the pool. Totally refreshing looking!
Hey Heidy! It's a very refreshing drink. Thanks for stopping by!
Donnell Bourgoyne says
My parents used to make this drink when I was a little girl and I remember them letting me have sips of this delicious drink! They would come back from going out with friends and they mix the ingredients in a blender with the ice and crush the ice to tiny bits! Oh, was it the best! So excited to find it! Thanks so much!
It's one of my favorites too! Thanks for sharing!